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    (Tug Boat) VALIANT
    This tug was built by a modeler in Bristol during the early 1960's it was given to me at the Abergavenny Steam and vintage show in 2016 by the makers grandson who told me it had been on display in his mums house from 1970 when his grandad died till 1987 when she died then put in his parents attic till it was given to me. it had a couple of holes in the hull and the upper works had been broken so required fixing. not having any pictures I used all the original bits that came with it so I hope it looks as it should. it's made mostly from balsa with some wooden bits and replacement planking from coffee stirrers otherwise all original. it requires 2 x 12v 7ah lead acid batteries and about 5 kilograms of ballast. (Silver Sand in 500grm packs). On the only test run I've managed to tow a 16 foot fishing boat with three men on my local fishing lake. (Motor: geared 540) (ESC: 20amp MTroniks Viper marine) (8/10)
    (Tug Boat) Emanuel
    Built in 1954 by my Grandad. Construction is Bread and Butter in Balsa originally a free sail model but now converted to RC. 27mhz.was given to me on my 5th birthday. Not sailed for over 25 years, but now happy sailing for short runs as prop shaft leaks slightly. (ESC: Mtronics Viper Marine 20amp) (8/10)
    (Other) project X
    Given as project, no known details of origins as yet. (Motor: Ripmax) (ESC: Viper Marine) (5/10)
    (Working Vessel) Rust Bucket
    This is my latest restoration project. its built completely of metal and is in a terrible condition although the hull seems to be water tight. The motor and prop-shaft and prop is listed in a BASSETT LOWKE catalogue dating from 1936, so the boat age is unknown but my guess would be late 30's to 1950. All guesses acknowledged. (Motor: BASSETT LOWKE) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) FAIREY HUNTSMAN (KATHY'S CLOWN)
    Just rescued from ebay seller who had it in storage since he inherited it in 1976, it was Fairey Huntsman, scratch built sometime in early 60's by his father who used to sail it near Manchester. its fitted with a SANWA 2F-2M RC system which seems to be still functioning. I will be doing restoration over the next few months, as there are a few cracks showing along most of the seems and I will need to sand and seal and repaint. (Motor: Marx) (ESC: Speed King) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) sea scout
    This boat was one of my dads from the late 1950's. It's an aerokits sea scout. Now fitted with a MabuchI motor of unknown power, but undergoing test running with 6 Volts, seem more than adequate, Belt drive to propshaft. (Motor: Mabuchi) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) MV Caroline
    This model is a scratch built 1/15th scale model of an Ocean going pleasure craft built in 1964 by my late father. it was originally powered by a large bosch windscreen wiper motor, but has been replaced with an MFA RE 800 stock motor running from 12V sla battery. Dry weight 13.2 Kilos. Last sailed in 1992 on open sea at Aberystwyth, I was on my dads fishing boat watching as dad sailed her the full length of the south beach and back into the harbour. Now ready to relaunch on Saturday 10th June 2017 at WMBC open day. (Motor: MFA . RE800) (ESC: Fusion Aquapower AQP128) (9/10)
    (Fire Boat) Mk2 firefloat 93
    This boat was originally built with my dad's help (mostly him), in about 1959/60 my first powered model and originally had a small diesel engine (E.D.I Think.)And no radio gear. But now fitted with electric motor and radio gear with working monitors and lights.hope to finish restoration in time for spring launch. (Motor: Mannesmann Clash21 ) (ESC: Mtronics sport tuned 20) (8/10)
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Lunch
    28 minutes ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    Your really spoiling him. I hope he appreciates your efforts as much as we do.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Sunday’s fishing trip
    23 hours ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    If he keeps rowing at that pace he could enter the solo Atlantic challenge (to scale of course).
    Great video of a fantastic model, you have done a great job with it, keep it up.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Today at the lake
    3 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    Well worth the wait Nerys, both boats looking good, I like your colours on the fire float mk2.
    I bet you enjoyed it, I will be glad to get back on the water.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Update of project
    3 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    A beautiful paddle tug, extremely well made and fitted out,
    The lovely detail has breathed life in to it, a refreshingly smart boat.
    Hope to see it in action on the water, well done and be very proud of what you have done.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Fishing Trip
    3 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    Nicely done βœ”, I wish I had been with him, he looks so cool.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Tackle
    4 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    Don't forget the cool box for the beer and sandwiches.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Oars
    4 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    Absolutely stunning model, exceptional control, your genius shines like your woodwork.
    Well done and congrats on a superb model.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Painting
    6 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    Thats a mighty fine example of the model makers art. Bionic bill has such luxury, if he fails I would love to take his place.
    Fabulous, keep it up shipmate.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Model Boat Find.
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    Well I believe there are about 50 that are complete, but could be more as there are still parts of my store areas that haven't been accessed by me since 2013.
    Allow that about 15% are in need of restoration or repair.
    The models that I take to the vintage shows range from 1914 up to the 1990's .
    Hopefully with a model built in each decade on display.
    Only about half my models are ready to sail at present.
    So plenty to keep me busy for a few years yet.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Model Boat Find.
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    There never too many, as long as you have room and enjoy the hobby.
    I believe in helping those young people who show an interest in our hobby, so don't hesitate to ask if you need help (I'm pushing 72).
    1 boat for each year of my life is my aim, so here's to a long life.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMAFV SEAL #6
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    What a lovely finish, you have excelled.
    Keep it up and happy modelling.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Appointment's
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    Will you please take care girl, when do you think you will get your home dialysis back.
    Please stay safe, best wishes to you and Alice, Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: The LED Floodlights.
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    Brilliant idea, I think my hands aren't steady enough to do it, but I might have to get the wife to try for me.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Model Boat Find.
    8 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    Great, looks like a Sea Commander.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Model Boat Find.
    8 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    I couldn't agree more Martin, my little mate spends all his spare time building with Lego or when his little sister isn't around he is starting to use my old meccano kits. About 12 kilos.
    So whenever I visit there is always a new creation on display.
    Modelling is a way of life that evolves, a bit like your creations.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Model Boat Find.
    8 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    Thats another thing we have in common, my grandson loves model boats as well.
    I am trying to teach him the basics of modelling, not easy as we live 30 miles apart.
    He enjoys the shows and sailing my boats whenever he can.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Model Boat Find.
    8 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    Sounds like you had a great time, lovely looking boats, I like the barge, could it be one of Nerys's as the name is Alice.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Boat Electrics. Wiring Diagram
    8 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    Looks good, but shouldn't fuses 3 and 4 be rated the opposite way??
    Nice drawing and easy to follow.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Strange ESC.
    9 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    Well Martin, we all are still learning, I saw these on the web but I'm a one type man myself, but could be useful. Made by Tamiya so could be good.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: THE END
    9 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    Supercalafragilisticexpialidocious.

    Certainly the best detailed model I have had the good fortune to see.
    Well done shipmate, Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: RAF Firefloat refurbishment
    12 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    Superb modelling of a classic boat. Well done and thanks for sharing with us, you should be very proud of what you have achieved.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Model Boat Magazine
    14 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    Thats the best news I've had for weeks.
    Cheers Colin. πŸ‘πŸ€—
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    πŸ“ Very nearly two Fleet Admirals.
    14 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    It was a regular meal when camping with the red Cross cadets and also with the scouts.
    I sometimes prepare one ready and wrap to take beach fishing, just in case the fish don't arrive.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Very nearly two Fleet Admirals.
    14 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    Hi Nerys,
    Thats an old cow boy recipe, can be cooked in a closed barbie, I've even done it in a campfire. Wrapped the dish in 3 layers of backing foil and Bury it in the embers leave for 30 minutes, tastes great in the open air.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Almost out of lock down dinner.
    16 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    Looks like lockdown is starting all over again, I was hoping to visit my mum in the next 2 weeks, but now my sister who lives near Leicester and works at a local school is back in lockdown when two parents contracted the covid virus.
    So it looks pretty bad again as another one of my sisters, has a family member in Kidderminster has tested positive.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Very nearly two Fleet Admirals.
    19 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    Thanks Martin, I really enjoyed it, but a sad end to a great piece of engineering history.
    Thanks for the memories, cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Thwart
    20 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    That looks like a good natural position for a good rowing action.
    Super job, well done and happy rowing.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Grain filler
    20 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    Nice report, I normally use high build filler primer on older models but on new wood I always use ezekote water based resin. It seals a toughens the surface and is ready to work on and paint within 30 minutes.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Flotation.
    21 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    Some of my models use polystyrene blocks fitted in where possible and I've also used filler foam in a can to fill sealed compartments.
    On one occasion I used bubble wrap stuffed into various spaces.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Very nearly two Fleet Admirals.
    21 days ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    Nerys, it must have been about 1959 or 1960 as I was about 10 or 11 at the time, allowed to wear long trousers for the occasion.
    It's funny but I'd forgot about the Vanguard till now, it would be a great model but beyond my limited skills.
    Thanks for the memory jog, cheers Colin.
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